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Software companies are regularly enlisted as members of associations which, while providing certain individual services for their members, at the political level, work against the interests of these members. The sektor project of FFII tries to find ways to improve our communication with software companies and work toward better forms of trade organisation and representation.

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These may soon become independent, with their own mailing lists

WIPO: SMEs contribute 90% to GDP of many countries

Given that practically all sectors (not just SW suppliers but SW users) are/will be affected by swpat, this number is worth mentioning.

Software-Offensive Bayern: 80% of IT employment in Bavaria in SMEs

Software-Offensive is a program run by the bavarian government to establish Bavaria as a key IT region in Europe.

According to figures given by SOB, the Munich region has 260k, Nuernberg 90K people employed in the IT sector. Of these 80% work in !SMEs. The weight of !SME employment is even higher in the software sector, because the big companies, such as Siemens, are mainly active in the hardware-related IT fields.

The people in the Bavarian Ministry of Economics who are in charge of SOB are not enthusiastic about the positions of Joachim Wuermeling.

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